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Springy add-on brings suspension to snowboards

Springy add-on brings suspensi...
SANKIboard works with existing boards and bindings
SANKIboard works with existing boards and bindings
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The SANKIboard's leaf shocks are made from carbon fiber-reinforced fiberglass
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The SANKIboard's leaf shocks are made from carbon fiber-reinforced fiberglass
SANKIboard works with existing boards and bindings
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SANKIboard works with existing boards and bindings

While we've all seen footage of snowboarders swooshing through fresh powder, the fact is that they're more often banging their way down icy or rutted ski slopes. That being the case, why don't they have suspension like mountain bikes? Russia's Sergey Yarosh & Co Design thinks they should, which is why the company has developed the SANKIboard system.

SANKIboard is designed to be mounted on existing boards, with conventional third-party bindings in turn being mounted on it.

Using carbon fiber-reinforced fiberglass front and rear leaf-style shock absorbers, it reportedly soaks up both ongoing vibrations and big hits upon landings. According to the designers, this should allow for more control, less discomfort, and less muscle fatigue. Additionally, the increased height should keep riders' boots from contacting the slope during aggressive carving.

Plus, if riders sit on it between runs, their butt won't freeze.

The SANKIboard's leaf shocks are made from carbon fiber-reinforced fiberglass
The SANKIboard's leaf shocks are made from carbon fiber-reinforced fiberglass

Yarosh and his team are currently raising production funds for the SANKIboard, on Indiegogo. A pledge of US$199 should get you a system, if all goes according to plans.

And if you'd rather just have a snowboard with suspension already built into it, you might want to check out the Batman-esque Whip FR-II. California company Manic was previously making suspension snowboard bindings, although they appear to no longer be in production.

More information on the SANKIboard is available in the following video.

Source: Indiegogo

SANKIboard - snowboard suspension

4 comments
Tim Jonson
I'm impressed with this. It's a great idea, you have the room to do this on snowboards what you cannot with skis, because on skis you would not retain enough control. I just wonder if leaf springs are the way to go here or should it be a simpler foam spacer or some kind of elastomer?
MQ
It would work on skis just the same, its all in reduction of unsprung weight and tuned spring-damper to maintain ground contact.
Eliptical leaves would also work, while maintaining fore-aft boot position during bumpy rides.
Ski/board design can concentrate on perfecting directional control, allowing the recurve to be optimised for ride control rather than soaking up the bumps.
PaoloMilana
Riding higher on a board is not an advantage. To absorb the bumps you can ride a softer board...or better terrain.
Taco_Nights
Nothing terribly innovative here. Racers have been using suspension and flex devices for over a decade. There are currently at least 4 products on the market that do the same thing. It's a very small market as well. I don't see this being a money maker.